Leather-Bound Travels: St. Andrews, Scotland

rooftops

Lewis and I were so lucky as to be invited to his aunts wedding in St. Andrews just a couple of weeks ago – somewhere I had never been to before, but Lewis had basically grown up there – so I took the opportunity to make this my first post in a series of city guides! I am so excited to share with you this utterly magical weekend we had!

EAT

ice cream

 jannettas

Easily one of my favourite places we went to eat was Jannettas Gelateria. With more flavours of gelato than you will ever have time to wrap your head around (so many, I literally couldn’t even count!) it is doubtful that anyone would not be able to find something for themselves – even the dairy challenged (like myself). Jennattas is famous locally and around Scotland, so be ready for the first question you get asked when you say that you’ve been to St. Andrews to be ‘Did you go to Jannettas?’

Pro Tip: Get there early! On a warm (or even semi-warm) Scottish day the lineup will wrap around the block!

Another place that, unfortunately I was unable to try due to timing issues, but would still definitely recommend is Fisher and Donaldson. Another local favourite, I have it on good word (basically anyone who has ever been to St. Andrews) that the famous fudge doughnut is to die for. And I have to say myself, the strawberry tarts looked promising as well. Definitely a bake shop waiting for some hungry cake eaters!

SHOP

 

 

Photo taken by myself.
Photo taken by myself.
Photo taken by myself.
Photo taken by myself.

Naturally, when I visit somewhere new I like to see what the shopping has to offer. While I didn’t find much in the way of fashion (a few basic high street shops and a lot of golf shops) the bookshop community in St. Andrews is a dream! My favourite bookshop we went to was undoubtedly Toppings & Company Books.Seemingly never ending, Toppings & Company Books is rows upon rows of floor-to-ceiling bookshelves covered with new and rare literature. The shop overdoes itself with the “extras”, though. On a rainy day you can find yourself in a comfortable chair, reading a book, and all of the sudden the lovely staff will bring you tea! Does sit get any better? No, no it does not.

Pro Tip: Toppings & Company Books also have locations in Bath and Ely!

used bookshop
Photo taken by myself.

Now, I will admit, I was lucky to be lead around St. Andrews by someone who knew it better than the back of his hand. However, I couldn’t believe my wee bookish eyes when I was lead down a transformative cobblestone road only to find a tiny gem of a used bookshop! Bouquiniste Books is a second-hand bookshop specialising in antiquarian literature. I found so many gems in this little shop that I had to keep reminding myself that I only had a small suitcase to come home with. That being said, the selection is particularly good – especially for a shop of it’s size – and its picturesque set-up makes it a must on a weekend in S. Andrews.

SEE

Photo taken by myself.
Photo taken by myself.

There is so much to see in this beautiful town that I could never fit it all in. That being said, I am going to tell you about a few of my favourite things that we did!

Photo taken by myself
Photo taken by myself
Photo taken by myself
Photo taken by myself

The harbour is a truly incredible sight to see. The harbour itself is solely made out of stone and as you walk down it, it’s essentially as if you’ve stepped back in time. The views of the ocean are some of the most calming sceneries I’ve ever encountered and the houses along the ocean side make me (almost) wish I was a fisherman’s girl!

Photo taken by myself
Photo taken by myself

Other than it’s golf courses, St. Andrews is known for it’s outstanding beaches. These will not be the Bahamian or Jamaican beaches some of us may be more familiar with, but by Britain’s standards they are pretty damn incredible. My personal favourite was the West Sands, which is just miles and miles of sand, ocean, and the most instagram-worthy beach greenery I’ve ever seen (like above. Can you believe that?!?).

Photo taken by Lewis Smith
Photo taken by Lewis Smith

There were so many other things I could have done and wanted to mention, but I suppose that will have to make for another blog post! Honourable mention to the Cathedral ruins, Old Golf Course, and other beaches in St. Andrews that we weren’t able to visit. Saw all of them, just didn’t have time to stop!

 

xx,

T